Mike Francesa was born and raised in New York, and has been the rock of Sports radio
WFan 660 AM and now 101.9FM in New York for over 25 years. First hired in 1987 to do a weekend show and fill in for other
hosts, he soon became a permanent fixture in the afternoon drive slot as part of the “Mike and the Mad Dog
” program running from 1989-2008. Since Chris Russos’ exit from the show in August of 2008,
Mike Francesa has continued in Afternoon Drive as host of “Mike’d Up”
(Now Mike’s On” in the same time slot. Francesa has also hosted the Sunday Morning program “The NFL Now”
(Now “Mike Francesa’s Football Sunday” on WFan since 1987.
Both of Mike Francesas radio shows can also be seen on the YES Network. Francesa announced recently that he would be leaving his #1 Sunday Night show on NBC, “ Mike’d Up, the Francesa Sport Final ” to spend more time with his family.
The following video features a classic argument between Mike and the Mad Dog hosts Mike Francesa and Chris Russo.
There has been increased criticism of Mike Francesa in recent years. Many listeners of his current show contend that Francesa has become increasingly abrasive with callers since the 2008 split with Chris Russo. Never one to shy away from confrontation on air, Francesa has reached a new level of “zero tolerance” for nonsense according to these fans. There has even been evidence of strife between Boomer and Carton and Mike Francesa, and internet rumors of WFan planning to remove Mike Francesa
Mike Francesa auditioned for Monday Night Football in 2000, but MNF hired Dennis Miller over him. Francesa refuses to answer questions or publicly address this issue in any way.